Krista Perreira, PhD

Adjunct Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health
Adjunct Professor Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Professor Department of Health Policy and Management
Professor Department of Social Medicine

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Department of Social Medicine

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Krista Perreira is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and inter-relationships between family, health and social policy. Focusing on children in immigrant families, her most recent work combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study migration from Latin America and the health and educational consequences of migration. Through her research, she aims to develop programs and policies to improve the well-being of immigrant families and their children.

Honors and Awards

Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award
2014, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement
2010, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Interests
  • Social Dimensions of Illness and Doctoring
  • Medical Ethics and the Health Care System
  • Beyond Borders: Migration and Health in the U.S.
Research Activities

Health Disparities/Health Equity
Mental Health & Substance Use
Migration and Health
Mixed-Methods Research Design
Latino Health and Access to Care
Public Policy Analysis
Child Health and Development
Welfare & Medicaid Policy

Research Interests
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Health Equity
  • Neurological Disorders and Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health
  • Tobacco Use and Smoking
Service Activities

Co-Faculty Adviser, Working Group on Migration, Health, and Gender
Member, Technical Working Group for the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


PhD, Health Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1999

MSPH, Health Economics, Yale University, 1995